The following people form the Executive Committee of BASE UK.org and are responsible for the running of the project.
Mary Clegg MSc. COSRT Accred.
Mary Clegg is on the executive committee of BASE. She believes passionately that quality sexual information and education leads to better and more fulfiling relationships. Mary has a masters dregree in Sex and Relationship Psychotherapy and has been trained at the world renowned Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield. Mary is also the sex and relationship expert of choice for SAGA Plc. She ensures that her message is always accurate, up to date and informed. She runs her own professional workshops for psychosexual counsellors, couple counsellors and allied health professionals which are approved by professional colleges and associations. They are targeted at raising the profile of sexual education to these professionals to enable them to be more confident in addressing sexual issues with their client base. She is a member of the British Society for Sexual Medicine and an accredited member of The College of Sex and Relationship Therapists.
Mary has been a Lecturer and Co-Ordinator of Teaching in Sexual Medicine for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust at the Porterbrook Clinic and Sheffield University and she was involved in the training of students on the various training courses and co-ordinated the delivery of the undergraduate medical students’ module in Sexual Medicine.
She is no stranger to the media and is a member of the Guild of Health Writers. It is through her contacts with Guild members and interaction with journalists that she is proactive in helping to ensure that clear, evidence based information is also given to the general public as well as health professionals. These are her clear missions for BASE. For more information www.maryclegg.co.uk.
Sue Newsome is the Chair of BASE. She is a qualified psychosexual therapist and has been studying and working in the field of sexuality for 12 years. She is a qualified trainer and counsellor who works with people to educate and support them to find their authentic expression of their sexuality and for them to do this in a responsible and aware manner. She co-founded Shakti Tantra in 2001 and co-runs workshops and trainings for men, women and couples to learn about Tantra, to explore themselves and their sexuality. Her work specifically includes helping individuals to overcome difficulties to sexual fulfillment and she is very interested in making the teachings of Tantra more accessible to the general public and professionals alike to achieve a greater consciousness about sexuality in the UK today. www.shaktitantra.co.uk
Dr Alireza Tabatabaie M.D.
Alireza is a medical doctor, who graduated from Iran and also a qualified Sex & Relationship Therapist graduated from the Porterbrook clinic in the United Kingdom. While getting experience in the field of Medicine, Psychology and Psychiatry, He has been actively involved in the field of Education as an instructor and consultant in schools for many years. Apart from sex therapy, he is also active in the field of Sex and Relationship Education. He is keen to explore the diversity of cultural and religious issues and how the principles and values of communities connect to and affect sex and relationship education and sexual psychotherapy. As his PhD project, he is currently looking at issues that concern Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in the Muslim community.
Manolee Shankar Bsc (Hons).
Manolee has lived most of her life in Botswana where her parents still live. She moved to the UK in 1997 and studied psychology. She has now qualified at 23 as the youngest psychosexual therapist in the UK and studied at the world renowned Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield. As part of her masters in Psychosexual Medicine, Manolee is keen to explore the use of play in sex therapy for couples and individuals as she feels this is may be an important tool for couples and individuals to have. Apart from sex therapy, Manolee is an ABA tutor for autistic children and has comprehensive experience working with children under five. Manolee is keen to improve the quality and provision of sexual education and is on the executive committee of BASE where she is the Membership Secretary.
Sue Roscow (BA Hons Design and Communication)
After a 15 year career as a senior lecturer in Graphic Design and Communication in Newham East London, Sue joined NHS East Lancashire helping to set up a Young People's Health Project for Blackburn with Darwen PCT.
Now working for Lancashire Care Foundation Trust as one of a team of Teenage Health Coordinators in East Lancashire within the Contraceptive and Sexual Health Services, Sue is passionate about the rights of young people to have a lifelong creative learning experience that allows them to make informed decisions about their general and sexual health for years to come.
She pours her energies into driving the Relationships and Sexual Health Education agenda (SRE) forward in partnership, with organisations as diverse as faith schools, police cadets, volunteer groups, and students with mild to moderate learning difficulties, private training providers, Residential Children's Homes, The Princes Trust and Youth Offending Teams etc. Sue chairs the Pendle Teenage Pregnancy Operational Group and is a registered SRE trainer for Lancashire County Council Multi-agency team. Sue has spoken at an International Conference about the Power of the Media and its relationship to and with a sexualised society and has produced in partnership with an online charity, videos/discussions about abortion and its emotional impact on young people's lives.
A recent foray into the cyber world led to an online chat with young people discussing a range of concerns about their sexual lives from the use of dental dams to difficulties faced through physical disability. You're most likely to find Sue out and about in the real world, in the community, chatting with young people as that is what she does best.
George R O'Neil
is a counsellor, life coach and trainer. At one time he was head teacher of a school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. He has qualifications in family therapy, counselling, NLP and Gender and Sexual Diversity. For several years he has worked as a counsellor with adults described as having learning disabilities. George now broadcasts weekly on community radio station Elastic FM and has his own personal development practice. He believes that, to bring about change in your life, it's more powerful to work on what it is you want, rather than on what it is you don't want ! www.resolutionsuk.net